We often remember the lists of highest, fastest, biggest or best. We are wonderful at ranking according to numbers. But how many, in fact, remember the first players to reach each milestone. Often, as the pages of history gather dust, the names of the ‘firsts’ are sometimes forgotten – slowly fading from our memories like ink from paper.
This week, in a bit of a history lesson, Women’s CricZone lists out the first players from each country to score 1000 ODI runs.
(Note: Numbers shown are those at the end of the match in question)
1. Debbie Hockley (New Zealand)
30 Nov 1988
In only her 35th ODI for New Zealand, Debbie Hockley struck a fine 81 against England to become the first woman to cross the 1000 ODI run mark on 30 November, 1988. The right-hander reached the mark when she ticked over to 74 during New Zealand’s second match of the Women’s World Cup in Australia.
Unfortunately, Hockley’s 159-ball knock went in vain as England chased down New Zealand’s target of 187 with three wickets and ten balls to spare thanks to Jo Chamberlain’s unbeaten 47.
2. Jan Brittin (England)
16 Dec 1988
Soon after Hockley reached the mark in November, England’s Janette Brittin reached the 1000 run mark ODIs in December 1988 when England faced Netherlands in their final group game of the 1988 Women’s World Cup in Australia. Brittin scored a patient 29 that day in Melbourne as England piled up a total of 278 for 3 in 60 overs. In what was only her 32nd ODI, and 30th innings, when Brittin reached a score of three, she became the first player from England to reach the milestone.
England went on to crush Netherlands by 180 runs.
3. Lindsay Reeler (Australia)
18 Dec 1988
There’s nothing quite like signing off on a high – ask Lindsay Reeler! Much like her name suggests, the right-hander reeled off 10 scores over fifty in only 23 ODIs for Australia, racing to the four-figure mark in her final match. In what was her final ODI for the country, Reeler notched up her eighth half-century, guiding her team to their second World Cup title in 1988. She finished unbeaten on 59 as Australia thumped England by eight wickets, chasing down 128 in 44.5 overs.
During her knock, Reeler became the first Australian to surpass the 1000 run-mark in ODIs, when she reached 25. She remains the fastest to reach the mark in terms of innings batted.
4. Miriam Grealey (Ireland)
16 Dec 2000
Miriam Grealey retired in 2005 as Ireland’s most successful batter with over 1400 runs to her credit. She remains at the top of the run-scoring charts as only one of three other players to cross 1000 ODI runs.
In December 2000, during the Women’s World Cup in New Zealand, the Ireland captain’s 63-ball 30 against South Africa saw her become the first player from her country to score 1000 runs in ODIs.
Ireland inched to 176 for 9 in their 50 overs before Linda Olivier’s maiden century gave South Africa a comfortable nine-wicket win.
5. Pauline te Beest (Netherlands)
21 Jul 2003
With 1361 ODI runs over an 18-year career, Pauline te Beest retired as arguable Netherlands’ greatest ever batter. She is the only Dutch player to cross the coveted 1000-run mark, getting there in grand style in July 2003 at Oegstgeest by clobbering a 98-ball 138 – her maiden ODI hundred – against Scotland.
Te Beest’s century helped Netherlands amass their second-highest total in ODIs, a massive 300 for 5. The hosts went on to beat Scotland by a landslide – 209 runs.
6. Anjum Chopra (India)
4 Dec 2000
Anjum Chopra won a tightly contested race involving Anju Jain and Mithali Raj to become the first Indian batter to register 1000 ODI runs on 4 December 2003. The left-hander, who made her debut in 1995, achieved the mark when she scored 19 against New Zealand in the first ODI of a bilateral series at Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai.
All three batters ticked off the mark through the series, Raj (31 matches) getting there on December 10, and Jain (42 matches) – much like Chopra – reaching an even 1000 in the final ODI of the series on December 16.
7. Daleen Terblanche (South Africa)
5 Apr 2005
Shortly after the disappointment of the 2005 World Cup at home, South Africa hosted West Indies in a three-match bilateral series in April. In the first of those match, Daleen Terblanche, South Africa’s wicket-keeper, scored her fifth ODI half-century, to take the hosts to a total of 206 for 8 in their 50 overs. Terblanche’s 77-ball 68 saw her surpass the 1000-run mark in ODIs, becoming the first South African to reach the milestone.
8. Stafanie Taylor (West Indies)
7 Oct 2010
Barely two years into her international career, Stafanie Taylor had already become a centrepiece of West Indies’ batting line-up. At 19, the right-hander was quickly on her way to becoming one of the leading batters in the world.
During the ICC Women’s Cricket Challenge in South Africa in October 2010, Taylor, in only her 28th ODI, slammed a 94-ball 72 against Ireland – her fifth half-century – becoming the first West Indian to the 1000 run mark in ODIs. Taylor also became the sixth fastest player to reach the mark. She currently sits fifth on the list of highest run-getters with 4754 runs.
9. Hiruka Fernando (Sri Lanka)
7 Oct 2010
On the very same day and in the very same tournament as Taylor, when Hiruka Fernando, Sri Lanka’s opening batter, reached a score of 27 against Ireland, she became the first Sri Lankan to reach the 1000-run milestone in ODIs. The left-hander went on to score a patient 40 against Netherlands, setting a solid platform from which Sri Lanka launched and found their way to 245 for 8.
Fernando went on to play only three more ODIs for Sri Lanka, adding only two more runs to her tally.
10. Bismah Maroof (Pakistan)
17 Jul 2013
Bismah Maroof took some time to find her bearings in international cricket, but once she did, there was no turning back. Shortly after Pakistan’s eighth place finish in the 2013 Women’s World Cup in India, an 18-year-old Maroof stood in as skipper for the first of two ODIs against Ireland in Dublin. The left-hander appeared to revel under the responsibility, notching up her highest score in ODIs at the time, a 103-ball 80, also sharing a record 181-run fourth wicket stand with Nida Dar (87).
During that knock, when she struck medium pacer Melissa Scott-Hayward for a boundary through the off-side to move to 19, Maroof became the first Pakistani to reach the 1000-run milestone in ODIs. At 18 years and 365 days, she is the youngest on this list.
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